Please join us for the following free, public events.
Doors Open Calgary
|Saturday, September 22||10:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
The Memorial Building will be open for Doors Open YYC. Drop by for a visit.
On September 22 and/or 23, 2018 many of Calgary’s most intriguing and beloved sites participate in Doors Open YYC. During these days, buildings in all quadrants of the city, and even a few beyond the city limits, open their doors – free of charge – to the public and providing special revealing tours and behind-the-scenes experiences. Whether you’re a geek for history, architecture, the environment, art, sports, science or engineering, this is your chance at an insider’s view of Calgary’s vibrant and dynamic cityscape. Plan your insider tour of the city now.
Open Doors Tuesdays
Not to be confused with Doors Open YYC, The Southern Alberta Pioneers & Their Descendants are hosting Open House events every Tuesday to November 27, 10 am – 2 pm. Drop by on Open House Tuesdays to explore our heritage Memorial Building, to challenge yourself to recognize historical artifacts, and check out our historical materials and books. Check out the historical markers on the grounds and consider a stroll down the path to the Elbow River. If it’s too chilly, we’ll light the fire and pour you a steaming cup of coffee or tea.
We love sharing stories about the history of Southern Alberta. Stop by on a Tuesday.
Fall 2018 Speaker Series
All events take place at 7:00 PM at the Pioneer Memorial Building, 3625 4th Street SW, Calgary. Free admission.
Uncovering Southern Alberta Pioneer Stories
Fred Stenson, Acclaimed Writer
Fred Stenson was born in Pincher Creek, raised near Twin Butte and currently resides in Cochrane. His historical novels, The Trade, Lightning and The Great Karoo, simultaneously mythologize and demythologize the West. Fred Stenson writes fiction based on facts, most of them rooted in southern Alberta history. Stenson will tell us how he draws the line between fact and fiction.
Calgary’s Historic Union Cemetery
Harry M. Sanders, Historian
A virtual tour of Calgary's Historic Union Cemetery and the cast of characters buried there, presented by Harry M. Sanders, author of Calgary's Historic Union Cemetery: A Walking Guide. There are pillars of the community here like Cappy Smart, Louise Riley, William Roper Hull, Grant MacEwan and Thomas Edworthy, and there are those who were only passing through like Grace M. Inthout, Amelia Yeomans and Harry A. Cooper.
Indigenous People During World Wars
Hal Eagletail, Tsuut'ina Nation
Hal Eagletail will tell his father's story of enlisting with the US army, and of leasing their land to contribute to the First World War. Eagletail is a member of the Northern Dene Tsuut'ina Nation located in the Treaty 7 area of southern Alberta. He is a cultural consultant.